Initial Release 3D Printing Reference
Pulled from https://leapmotion.github.io/ProjectNorthStar/3dprints.html
Note, this refence is for the initial Version 1 Release, however it has useful information for 3D printing in general and is still worth reading.
Use your slicer's part orientation tools to ensure flat contact with print surface. In Simplify 3D, it can be found in the menu "Edit > Place Surface On Bed"

Optics Bracket

The optics bracket is the most difficult part to FDM print. The toed-in optics and long thin beams require a tuned printer and large print bed (200x250mm). To reduce the chance for print failure, support material is manually removed where it is thin and tall (see image below). Furthermore, to alleviate the finishing work, the print is separated into 2 print profiles: fast and high-res. The high-res profile's goal is to reduce stepping on the near-horizontal crossbeam. Afterwards, a file and 220-grit sandpaper very quickly make the surface passable without the need for filler. Although printing the entire bracket with one profile also produces good brackets, this hybrid solution saved time and produced better results without much effort. Makes sense if a file and sand paper is already available.
All the optical components are mounted to this bracket. Take your time, be meticulous. It's crucial that care is taken in producing a good print. This will save time during calibration.
Print from: 0 - 5mm:
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes, 60% infill
Print from: 5 - 32mm:
layer height
0.15mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
6
perimeter walls
3
temperature
200 C
supports
yes, 40% infill
Print from: 32mm - end:
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes, 60%

Halo

Choose the correct halo for the Leap Motion module you're using. There are currently two variants: one for the released Leap Motion Controller and one for our custom ultra-wide FOV module not yet available.
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
3
temperature
200 C
supports
yes

Lid

Choose the matching lid for the halo you're using. There are currently two variants: one for the released Leap Motion Controller and one for our custom ultra-wide FOV module not yet available.
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes

Electronics Tray

Only needed for the custom hand tracking module. If you're using the Leap Motion Controller inside a metal housing, you don't need this part.
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
no

USB Strain relief

Only needed for the custom hand tracking module. If you're using the Leap Motion Controller inside a metal housing, you don't need this part.
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
no

Display Tray

The print is done using multiple print profiles to minimize the need for support material. By printing the feature at a lower temperature the plastic can span longer distances without support. Also, align the print roughly as shown (~45 degrees) to prevent the support material from printing orthogonal to lip, which makes it harder to remove in post.
After printing, remove and clean up any support material so that the display slides in easily. We used a sharp chisel to scrap away any remaining plastic burs.
Check the lip of the part is flat and consistent throughout to prevent any extra light leaking from the edges of the LCD panels.
Optional step is tapping the screw holes to make sure any extra plastic is removed and the screws will fasten smoothly.
Print from: 0 - 3mm:
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes
Print from: 3mm - end:
layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
190 C
supports
yes

Hinges (left and right pairs)

There are two styles of hinges to choose from depending on the headgear you're using.

Hinges for Miller branded headgear

Hinges for 3M Speedglas branded headgear

layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes

Slide endcaps

layer height
0.25mm
infill
20% rectilinear
top/bottom layers
3
perimeter walls
2
temperature
200 C
supports
yes
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